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21 Jun 2017

Generator Sellers In Nigeria Would Soon Become Jobless -Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Federal Government has pledged to end the business of generating sets by meeting
the energy demands of rural communities through sustainable renewal energy solution.

Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration of Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja, Premium Times reports.

He said the FG through the Rural Electrification
Agency is developing an energy database that will show community locations and energy
demand profiles.

“I was in Wuna to see it for myself. For the first
time in their existence, the village now has running water, solar powered. The school has
power and the school hall is now used as a community hall in the evenings. Each home has
four points of light.

“Children can now stay up and do some studying at night. Many of Wuna’s women can
now process their millet and yams at night.
New jobs have been created, solar installers, maintenance, payment systems and so on.

“One guy has lost his business in Wuna, the phone charger. Every household can now
charge their phones. But he now charges phones of residents of other villages,’’ he said
He added that 20,000 more homes would be provided with solar electricity system in the
first phase of the sustainable renewal energy solution project of the government.

Osinbajo said the plan was to expand the Solar
Home System programme to 1 million
households, and thereby “creating a few more
million jobs’’.
“The Wuna home solar project is an example of
how we can creatively and aggressively provide
power to our people by this pragmatic approach to our energy mix.

“We are convinced that renewable energy probably offers us the most sustainable means of increasing energy access to those who have
no electricity and have no immediate hope of
being connected to the national grid,” he said.

He also said the government was championing
the use of mobile money for solar home system
payments to provide access to lighting and
electric power for small devices.

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